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How To Expand Your Happiness (10 Acts Of Mindfulness)

We are all on the quest for happiness.

In fact everything you want, is because you think you will be happier when you have it.
Whether it is a role, a relationship, a Range Rover, or a raving review of your work.
Deepak Chopra states,

”The purpose of life IS the expansion of happiness.
Happiness is the goal of every other goal.”

And yet, throughout your day, do you ever notice how easy it is to pick things apart (including yourself), notice what’s not working, what you haven’t done yet + fixate on complaining about the big + even the little things?

I know I have.

So if our quest is to expand our happiness, why do we spend so much time feeling unhappy?

To understand ourselves, we have to become consciously aware of our thoughts, words, + habits. Then, we must learn how to shift them.

You might not even be aware that complaining has become your default mode of operation.

So what can you do to shift from finding fault to expanding your happiness?

The first step is to become more mindful.

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The act of mindfulness will help train your subconscious mind to perceive + appreciate more of the amazing blessings, beauty + bounty that are in your life on a daily basis.

Here are 10 acts of mindfulness to get you started…. (more…)

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A Simple Method For Getting Unstuck

You might not want to hear it, but complaining is a chronic habit that ultimately keeps you stuck.

Have you ever tried to go through your entire day + not make one complaint? It’s not easy, right?

You might not even be aware of how often you complain, because it’s become so habitual. For many of us, complaining has become our standard mode of operation.

We complain the audition is taking too long.
We complain about the traffic.
We complain about the line at the grocery store.

Then we get together with our friends and when they start to complain, we chime in easily + add to it, until everyone is bonding over a big-warm-complaint-bonfire. (And I can’t say I haven’t been there. I have.)

So, here’s one simple way to get unstuck.

Become mindful of how often you complain + stop yourself in your tracks.

In fact, this is my SPECIAL INVITATION to have you join me in making November a complaint free month.

How do you do it?
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Here are 4 steps to making November COMPLAINT FREE. (more…)

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Why You Must Unplug To Find Your Joy

You may not even realize you do this, but, have you noticed that when you’re feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or just plain bummed-out…

you head straight to the social media apps on your phone, and begin scrolling + searching for something to cheer you up. (I do it too!)

Maybe you scroll through Facebook, then Twitter, checking the trending news feed, which gets you more bummed out, or mad, or sad.

So you head over to Instagram and maybe you like a few things, but it’s not enough. You scroll more. You watch a few Instagram stories.

You click back to Facebook. Maybe someone commented on your previous post.

But nothing. Except you see an actor post about a job they booked.

You don’t even have auditions.

You begin to feel worse.

Then someone in your home asks you a question. You get irritated.

You say, “Hold on, I’m just looking at something.”

You keep scrolling. Searching. For something. You have no idea what.

It’s addicting. It’s avoidance. It’s actually keeping you from moving forward.

You may think you’re trying to cheer yourself up, but here’s the truth:
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And by unplug, I mean (more…)

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2 Things Every Actor Should Do This Summer (And Why It Will Help Your Career)

Remember when you were a kid + you got so excited about the smallest of things?

Riding your bike around the neighborhood.
Eating popsicles on the front porch.
Going to the beach.

Remember how you were so engaged with what you were doing that the time just seemed to fly by while you were laughing + playing?

Watching my kids run + skip down the path to the beach this week reminded me that there are…

2 things every actor should do this summer:

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Relax more. Play more. Start keeping the faith that you are on the right path. (more…)

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What To Do If You Have The Post-Oscar Blues

If you watched the Oscars last night, and it left you feeling inspired + hopeful for the possibilities ahead for you – awesome.

But if you turned off the TV + went to bed wondering…

  • Will it ever happen for me?
  • What do I do to get to where I want to go?
  • How will I ever achieve my biggest dreams?

Here’s what you need to know…

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Yep, the only way to get to where you want to go (no matter where that is) is to first make peace with where you are.

So, if you woke up today feeling blue about your career, guess what? (more…)

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How To Be More Productive, Creative + Stress Free

I used to think I didn’t have time for slowing down.  As an ambitious, type-A doer, deep breathing always sounded like something you do on a weekend yoga retreat in the woods.

I had places to be, things to do and dreams to create.  And apparently, I needed to hurry to get there.

Sound familiar?

If you feel that slowing down to take a few deep breaths is going to “slow down your progress,” you’re mistaken.

Calming your mind, body and soul through breathing deeply will actually help make you more productive, creative and stress free.

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It’s been proven that short periods of meditation, using breathing as a focus, can alter the body’s stress response.

In fact, this is one of fastest and most economical ways to (more…)

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How To Turn Worry + Fear Into A State Of Calm

Whether you are feeling frustrated with your acting career, or the current political climate (or both), keep in mind, that often, the deepest upsets + challenges arrive just before a HUGE transformation.

One of the most helpful ways to move through all the uncertainty, is by realigning with love.

And the most simple + practical, yet highly underused method to reconnect, is right within your own body…the breath.

We often run through life unaware of the capacity that breathing deeply has to alter our state of mind, our health + our joy-factor.

In under 5 minutes, it can turn your awareness from worry, doubt and anxiety to a state of love, surrender + trust.

And guess what?  In doing so, you will be contributing to peace in the world.

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It has been scientifically proven that deep (more…)

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Why Being Cranky Works Against You (And How To Turn It Around.)

None of us are immune to feeling cranky. It happens.

We all have bad days, maybe even a few frustrating months, or for some Americans, an election that didn’t turn out the way they wanted.

I’m all for feeling your feelings, acknowledging your pain and your hurt. That is part of being human,

But at some point, whether it’s in regard to your acting career, your personal life or another’s political view, you have to find a way to shift from focusing from being critical to being compassionate (towards yourself + others). That’s when things begin to shift.

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I’m going to leave the political debate for those on Facebook (P.S. it’s OK to take a break from that too)

And stick with inspiring and uplifting you, which is always my weekly intention.

But, it’s not that I am immune to crankiness. (more…)

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Why You Must Find Time To Take A Break

I just got back from a great vacation in Puerto Vallarta with my family.  Yes, in the middle of October! Between the water slides, the surf break right out front and the chocolate fondue fountain at dinner, everyone in the family had a blast. (Oh yeah, and catamaran rides were included!)

I remember years ago, in my single days, I was so focused on pursuing my career, that not only did I rarely take a vacation, I barely took a day off!

What I know now is that we all need a break. Not only is it good for your body, it refreshes your mind, your soul and your perspective.

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So, as the holiday season approaches and your schedule gets busier – remember to (more…)

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